The facilities of the Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Lab (RSGAL) include up to date hardware and the relevent software for image processing and geospatial analysis, as well as a wide array of ancillary and supporting equipment.


Lab hardware includes: Twelve workstation class computers, servers, GPS receivers, spectroradiometers, and a SenseFly eBee UAVSensefly eBee


A suite of applications software provides state-of-the-art capabilities for image processing, mapping, modeling, statistical analysis, and visualization. Access to the following software systems is provided:

ArcGIS and other ESRI GIS software ESRI.com
ERDAS Imagine hexagongeospatial.com
IDL-ENVI www.exelisvis.com
Quick Terrain Modeler appliedimagery.com
R Statistical Software r-project.org
RiverTools rivix.com
Sensefly eMotion and PostFlight sensfly.com
Trimble eCognition www.ecognition.com

We also use other statistical, geospatial, and software development environments, depending on the needs of projects.

Library Resources

The Natural Resources Library is the primary site for most of the University's collection of books and journals on remote sensing, as well as major GIS journals. The University of Minnesota Library is the 17th largest research library in North America and includes over 5 million print volumes, 48,000 serial subscriptions, and 3 million government documents.

The Borchert Map Library is an excellent resource for finding historical aerial photography and maps. It can be found at lib.umn.edu/borchert.